She’s a Cornbread Gal: Dolly Parton Shuts Down Rumors of CBD and Keto Endorsements
Some ads have been falsely appropriating her name and image.
Attention, loyal Dolly Parton fans: your country queen wants you to know she does not sell Keto oils or CBD gummies that promise to prevent dementia. The 77-year-old made this announcement via her social media channels yesterday, after rumors claimed she was endorsing these products (realistic-looking ads were posted online, featuring photos of the singer). However, Snopes fact-checked the claims and reported them to be false and “fictional” — and now Dolly has chimed in for good measure.
“Dolly Parton is not affiliated with, has not endorsed and is not associated with any keto or CBD gummy product,” reads her Instagram statement. “She’s more the cake, cookie, and cornbread type.” (We’re cake and cookie types too, Dolly.) See the post below.
Dolly’s fans flooded the comment section with support (“This is the most drama Dolly ever will get involved with 💅” one fan wrote) and suggestions (“Okay but imagine Dolly CBD products….. we would go crazy over that,” wrote another playful, hopeful supporter). Perhaps CBD is the next venture Dolly will pursue — but if she does, it’ll be her choice. (We should also note that while CBD has wide-ranging benefits, like relief from anxiety, depression and PTSD, there is no evidence that it can directly improve dementia symptoms or disease progression, as these gummies suggest.)
In this case, scammers were using Parton’s image and likeness without authorization or permission. The false ads tried to direct readers to buy products like Supreme CBD Gummies, Jolly Nutrition CBD Gummies, and Proper CBD Gummies. And according to Snopes, plenty of other celebrities have faced similarly fraudulent claims, including Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Ree Drummond, and Keanu Reeves.
While there isn’t any way to reverse dementia, as these supplements claim to do, you can certainly lower your risk. Eating a balanced diet that includes more fiber, less soda, and less red meat, alcohol, and refined grains has proven benefits for decreasing dementia risk. In the meantime, be wary of companies selling weight loss supplements; they’re not regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, which means there is no definitive way to confirm their safety.
As for Dolly’s denial of hawking Keto products and her ringing endorsement of sweets, we aren’t exactly surprised. She’s always been a proud enjoyer of food, revealing herself to be a fan of everything from the Taco Bell drive-thru to gas station “potted meat” (yuck!), to potatoes in every single form.
If you, like Dolly, are more “the cake, cookie and cornbread type,” use this occasion as an excuse to upgrade your boxed cake mix, make jalapeno-studded cornbread, or whip up Valerie Bertinelli’s 10-minute healthy breakfast cookies. We fully support you — and you know Dolly does, too.